Theresa Haugen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Curriculum Specialist

When I began teaching at the high school level, the district art professional development specialist forwarded emails from The Art of Education University. When I saw an opening for adjunct instructors, I jumped at the opportunity to apply. I am currently an Associate Professor and Curriculum Specialist. In addition, I serve on the Curriculum Committee and have presented at the AOEU NOW conference (Literacy Collaboratives, February 2021, Branding: From Concept to Logo Design, July 2020).

In addition to working and teaching at the Art of Education University, I am a freelance photographer and serve on the Board of Directors for the Lowe Syndrome Association providing branding and marketing. My passion is inclusion for all persons, including those living with disabilities, a theme that is highlighted in my blog, “All In.” I am married, have two sons, and live in Blaine, Minnesota.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy design, photography, calligraphy, multi-media art, reading, walking, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

Professional Accomplishments:

2021–present – AOEU Curriculum Committee

PhD, Graphic Design, emphasis — curriculum and instruction, the University of Minnesota

Research: Font and Legibility For Elementary Special Education Students

MS, Design, Housing and Apparel, the University of Minnesota

v. Board of Directors, Lowe Syndrome Association

i. National award – CEC Educator of the Year – 2015

vii. Exhibitions

Lowe Syndrome Association Photo Gallery Exhibitions:

LoweLight: One Day, 2019

LoweLight: I Can, 2018

LoweLight: My Superpower, 2017

LoweLight: See More of Me, 2015

Vanishing Animals, MacNeal Hall, University of Minnesota – St.

Paul campus, May–July 1995.